Love them or hate them, controversial shoe trends are ones that dominated this year’s trend cycle. Celebrities aren’t strangers to questionable footwear choices (lest we forget, Kim Kardashian’s oddly delicious “pantaboot” era), replicating the runways and pushing forward the boundaries of what’s acceptable to wear on your feet.
Every year has a shoe trend that divides the internet into a fiery argument: I still remember the heated debates my friends and I would get into over the furry loafer slides from Gucci back in 2018. Now that 2022 comes to a close and I’m revamping my closet to make space for next year’s trends, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to spice up my wardrobe—including by wearing unconventional footwear that speaks to my personal style, even if the comments section on my ‘fit pics wearing them will burst into flames.
Below, shop some of the most controversial shoe trends of the upcoming year, including one that celebrities are already obsessed with.